Using a hair dryer in The Philippines

Confused by travel adaptors? Advice for those visiting The Philippines and using their hair dryer.

Filipino power outlet

Will my blowdryer work in The Philippines?

First check your hair dryer can work in The Philippines:

  • If your hair dryer can run on 220 volts or can support dual voltage (how to check) then you'll only need to bring an appropriate power adapter listed below if the plug on your hair dryer won't fit in the outlet.

If not then you can either:

Warning: If your hair dryer won't handle 220 volts you run the risk of a blown fuse, damage to your hair dryer or even an electrical fire hazard. Prior to using your hair dryer in The Philippines check the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Using a hair dryer in The Philippines

Will my hair dryer work in The Philippines?

That depends on if your hair dryer can operate using the 220 volts used in The Philippines:

Can I use my American hair dryer in The Philippines?

The guides on this page assume that you are an America reader travelling to The Philippines and provide guidance for using your US hair dryer with a Filipino power outlet.

Best travel hair dryers for The Philippines

What to look for when choosing a travel hair dryer for The Philippines

Bundled diffuser and concentrator attachments

What to look for when choosing a travel hair dryer for The Philippines

When choosing the best hair dryer look for a strong but light dual-voltage dryer that works with a 220 volt Filipino power outlet power outlet with an ALCI safety plug, a long cord and folding handle. If drying thicker hair look for a dryer with a stronger 1600+ watt motor and included diffuser.

What should I look for when purchasing a blow dryer?

  1. The most suitable hair dryers allow you to change the temperature and speed with two options, a hotter faster speed can quickly dry hair whilst slower speeds with lower temperatures reduce damage to hair.
  2. Try to look for lightweight travel dryers which are durable enough to survive being transported in luggage, dryers with a handle which folds mean more space to pack other items.
  3. It might be more convenient and cheaper purchasing a new hair dryer which is supplied with a concentrator and diffuser instead of scouring shops to look for more expensive 3rd party attachments to fit the barrel size perfectly.
  4. Hotel rooms could have a fixed mirror positioned away from a outlet making it difficult to style hair, so find the model with the lengthiest power cord possible or bring either a power extension cord or pocket mirror.
  5. A modern hair dryer could feature a 'cool shot' button for rapidly cooling hair down after drying to hold in a style but this option is missing in more compact models.
  6. In order to function with a 220 volt Filipino power outlet a hair dryer needs to be dual voltage.
  7. Thicker hair might need a hair dryer with a more powerful motor - a higher wattage ceramic dryer that has a diffuser will dry hair faster to avoid damage.
  8. Safe travel hair dryers include ALCI safety plugs which will reduce the risk of overloading and starting an electrical fire; you can idenfity these models with the two 'test' and 'reset' switches.
  9. Don't risk getting the cheapest travel hair dryer available - as well as issues with safety there is also a greater chance that the dryer could break during your trip abroad due to a poor build.

Which is the best hair dryer for thick curly hair?

Thicker hair can take much longer to dry and can be hard to dry without hair going frizzy. The best option for thicker hair is an ionic dryer and for curly thick hair we suggest a diffuser as both are suitable to dry and manage hair smoothly without frizz. Both an Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer [2] or the X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic [10] are suitable because they both have powerful motors, ionic outlets and included diffusers, avoid buying a hair dryer with a motor that is less powerful than 1600 watts as it will struggle to dry thicker hair.

Which is the best small dual voltage hair dryer for The Philippines?

BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium

Which is the best small dual voltage hair dryer for The Philippines?

  • To dry thin or fine hair on the go then a ceramic 1200 watt Conair MiniPRO [12] is the most cost effective small ionic hair dryer available on the market.
  • A BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium [11] is small and lightweight enough to carry in a handbag because of the 10.5oz body with folding handle that also includes options reserved for larger dryers such as a removable filter and a tourmaline outlet which can emit infrared heat to protect against heat damage during use for a shinier finish.

Both of these are dual voltage mini hair dryers when used with the right plug adapter for a Filipino power outlet they should work in The Philippines and fold conveniently enough to be carried for styling on the go. They have a two speed motor, have a 1.5 metre power cord and include a concentrator attachment.

What is the best travel hair dryer with cool shot?

Berta Folding Hair Dryer

What is the best travel hair dryer with cool shot?

  • Using a strong twin speed 1875 watt motor and removable filter the Conair Compact Styler [14] includes cool shot that can will rapidly cool down hair.
  • The Berta Folding Hair Dryer [13] also has a cool shot setting, uses a ceramic tourmaline air outlet meaning faster and safer styling, two heat settings, a longer 1.8 metre power cord and also comes with a concentrator attachment.

Each model is folding, has an ALCI safety plug which prevents power overloads and has dual voltage making them ideal for travel to The Philippines in carry on luggage when used along with a power adapter for a Filipino power outlet.

Which is the best dual voltage hair dryer with diffuser attachment?

Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer with folding handle

Which is the best dual voltage hair dryer with diffuser attachment?

  • A X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic [10] has a 1600 watt motor with a 1.65 metre power cord, it comes with a tourmaline diffuser however doesn't have cool shot.
  • The Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer [2] has a long 1.82m electric power cord for greater flexibility when styling with an ALCI safety plug and a removable filter to clean. With a powerful 1875 watt motor it also has cool shot making it more suited for drying thicker hair.

Each ionic hair dryer features both diffuser and concentrator attachments with strong motors to make them the best travel blow dryers suitable for thick hair. They are lightweight and fold up to fit in a carry-on bag, only requiring a suitable power adapter for The Philippines to work with a Filipino power outlet.

Best travel hair dryers for 2017

Which is the best blow dryer in 2017?

Conair
MiniPRO
Budget mini ionic hair dryer with 1200 watt 2 speed motor and bundled concentrator attachment
BaByliss
PRO
https://www.amazon.com/BaBylissPRO-Tourmaline-Titanium-Travel-Dryer/dp/B003QKL5YQ/ref=as_li_ss_tl?s=hpc&ie=UTF8&qid=1506766914&sr=1-1&keywords=babyliss+pro+tourmaline+titanium+travel+dryer&linkCode=ll1&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=42ac8156b2378ba326cc5bd3c1fbaccb
Conair
Compact
https://www.amazon.com/Conair-Compact-Folding-Handle-Voltage/dp/B00006IV22/ref=as_li_ss_tl?s=beauty&ie=UTF8&qid=1506767106&sr=1-1&keywords=Conair+1875+Watt+Compact+Folding+Handle+Styler+/+Hair+Dryer+with+Dual+Voltage&th=1&linkCode=ll1&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=b7a9525a9878573b5912d116cbadea28
Berta
Folding
https://www.amazon.com/Berta-Folding-Voltage-Negative-Setting/dp/B06XWV3K4L/ref=as_li_ss_tl?s=hpc&ie=UTF8&qid=1506767023&sr=1-1&keywords=Berta+1875W+Folding+Hair+Dryer+Dual+Voltage+Blow+dryer+Negative+Ions+Travel+Dryer+with+2+Heat+2+Speed+Setting&linkCode=ll1&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=48f8830f8b22743bab2b92d60efe19ae
X5
Superlite
https://www.amazon.com/X5-Superlite-Voltage-Ceramic-Ionic-Travel/dp/B001FSK70Y/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=63c08ef699ac6c441e4c0862ebe99524
Hot Tools
1044
https://www.amazon.com/Hot-Tools-Professional-Ht1044-Folding/dp/B003A1DWRO/ref=as_li_ss_tl?s=beauty&ie=UTF8&qid=1506767312&sr=1-1&keywords=Hot+Tools+Professional+Ht1044+Ionic+1875+Watt+Travel+Dryer+with+Folding+Handle+and+Dual+Votage&linkCode=ll1&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=e4d6cd8511a014951b16d43f9ec3a809
Class Mini Compact Compact with diffuser
Works in The Philippines Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Works in US Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Dual voltage Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Watts 1200 1000 1875 1875 1600 1875
Folds Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Ceramic Yes Yes Yes Yes
Ionic Yes Yes Yes Yes
Tourmaline Yes Yes Yes
Infrared Yes
Speed settings 2 2 2 2 2 2
Heat settings 1 1 1 2 1 1
Cool shot Yes Yes Yes
Removable filter Yes Yes
Concentrator Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Diffuser Yes Yes
ALCI safety plug Yes Yes Yes Yes
Cord length 1.52m 1.52m 1.52m 1.8m 1.65m 1.82m
Color
Cost Price Price Price Price Price Price

The Philippines power outlets

What is the frequency used with a Filipino power outlet?

The frequency from a Filipino power outlet is 60 Hz.

What voltage is used in The Philippines?

The normal residential voltage used in The Philippines is 220 volts.

Which plug adapter do you need for using a hair dryer in The Philippines?

Type A, B and C power outlets

Which plug adapter do you need for using a hair dryer in The Philippines?

There are three different types of power outlets used in The Philippines, these are type C, A and B with the primary power outlets being type C:

  • Plug Type A - You can recognise the power outlet by two thin slots adjacent to each other for live and neutral blades.
  • Plug Type B - You can identify the plug socket by the 2 slots where the twin plug socket blades go with a semicircular hole below for the ground pin.
  • Plug Type C - You can identify this plug socket by the 2 adjacent holes where the twin plug socket pins go.

A suitable travel adapter to bring when using a 220 volt hair dryer in The Philippines is a Type C plug adapter [6] - read the step by step guide below for full details of how to use a plug adapter for The Philippines. Please be aware that unless you that have a dual voltage hair dryer you might also have to use a power converter.

Dual voltage hair dryers

How can I use a dual voltage hair dryer in The Philippines?

  1. Check that you are using a dual voltage hair dryer or that it operates with a 220 volt power socket.
  2. If the dryer supports dual voltage please ensure that it is set to the 220-240 volt range. This is usually found on the handle or base of the hair dryer and may require a screwdriver or coin to turn.
  3. Plug the hair dryer into the correct power adapter for The Philippines, then plug in the power adapter into the Filipino power outlet.
  4. It is normal for most travel hair dryers operating within the 220-240V range to only work safely on a low setting - but the temperature and speed should still be adequate for drying hair. We recommend checking the manufacturers instructions to find out if this rule is relevant for your model of dryer to stop the risk of overheating.
  5. The hair dryer is now ready to operate in The Philippines.

How can you switch a dual voltage hair dryer?

  1. Normal dual voltage hair dryers have either a switch or dial which selects between 2 types of voltages although some models can automatically detect the voltage from a Filipino power outlet.
  2. This dial or switch will normally require a screwdriver or coin to change the hair dryer to the correct voltage between a 220v-240v range or a 110v-120v range.
  3. In addition to switching this over it's worth jotting down both switch positions as the painted numbers can occasionally rub off on some models of dryer.
Is my hair dryer dual voltage?

Single voltage hair dryer

Is my hair dryer dual voltage?

An easy way how to tell if your hair dryer supports dual voltage is to check for either a sticker or numbers printed on the handle, base or plug. The location will vary depending on the make and model of your hair dryer, it should also be written in the instruction manual. Some dual voltage hair dryers will change automatically but other hair dryers will have a switch which allows you to toggle between different voltages.

  • A specific number such as 110V indicates a single voltage hair dryer. If this number matches the 220 volts used in The Philippines then you should be able to use your hair dryer with a Filipino power outlet.
  • A small voltage range with a dash such as 100-120V also indicates a single voltage hair dryer which can accomodate small voltage fluctuations. If the 220 volts used in a Filipino power outlet falls within the range shown on your hair dryer then you can use it in The Philippines.
  • A larger range separated with a slash such as 100/240V indicates a dual voltage hair dryer capable of being used in The Philippines or any other country.

Travelling to The Philippines with a hair dryer

Should I bring a domestic blow dryer or a travel hair dryer to The Philippines?

It is preferable to packing a dual voltage travel hair dryer as opposed to packing an existing domestic blow dryer to The Philippines (marked with 'For domestic use only') as it is safer to assume that it will work with the 220 volt power outlets used with a Filipino power outlet (provided that you bring the correct power adapter for The Philippines). Certain types of travel hair dryer will typically feature a collapsible handle and are lighter which helps reduce the size and weight when packed in luggage compared to packing a domestic blow dryer. It is also worth concidering that packing your expensive domestic blow dryer could place it at risk due to potential damage or loss in transit by an airport baggage handler. The cost and inconvenience involved in repairing an expensive specialised blow dryer in The Philippines could outweigh the costs of purchasing a cheap dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] with a suitable travel hair dryer case [17] before your trip .

Do hotel rooms in The Philippines have hair dryers?

Hotel hair dryer

Do hotel rooms in The Philippines have hair dryers?

Depending on the individual hotel or bed and breakfast and class of the accommodation a hair dryer could be available in the room, either packed in a bedroom cupboard, drawer or wardrobe, found attached to a bathroom wall unit or could potentially be a slower air hose type.

In cheaper hotels, motels and hostels a communal hair dryer might be offered at reception but that could involve waiting in turn for other guests. If in doubt as to hotel hairdryer availability then either check on the hotel web site or call ahead to the hotel in The Philippines to find out what is available to guests. Hair dryers in hotels are adequate but are typically basic models with no diffuser and notorious for slow air speeds and low heat. For those worried about hygiene should remove the burnt hair cuticles from previous guests on a communal hair dryer as room service might not have removed it when cleaning the room.

Remember, if you are in doubt either telephone ahead to the hotel in The Philippines or use a suitable dual voltage travel hair dryer [2].

Can you carry on a hair dryer to The Philippines in your luggage?

Folding travel hair dryer with cord wrapped for carry on

Can you carry on a hair dryer to The Philippines in your luggage?

According to the TSA guidelines for hair dryers [18] there are no restrictions when carrying a mains powered blow dryer in your carry on hand luggage through airport security in the US. The TSA suggests that you should verify that the airline who is taking you to The Philippines will allow hair dryers onboard and that it will fit in the overhead bin or underneath the seat of the aircraft.

Packing your blow dryer in a dedicated heat resistant protective travel hair dryer case [17] leaves it easily accessible by airport security checks, it can be packed away quickly and will avoid a tangle of power wires in your carry on luggage (the TSA suggests wrapping cords tightly around electronic items). If you do intend to bring fragile or expensive blow dryers in your hand held luggage then it is recommended to bring hard carry on luggage as this offers the greatest protection against knocks and drops during your journey.

Power converters for The Philippines

What is the difference between a power adapter and a voltage converter?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a power adapter and a voltage converter?

A small, cheap and lightweight power adapter [19] (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your hair dryer to slot into a power outlet in The Philippines, whereas an expensive and bulkier power converter [9] will convert a 220 volt Filipino power outlet to work with a non-220 volt hair dryer.

Do I need a power converter to use my normal hair dryer in The Philippines?

The correct type voltage transformer [9] (or power converter) will allow a hair dryer using a different voltage to operate with the 220 volt power outlet used in The Philippines. A power converter is suitable for travellers who wish to use their existing hair dryer, but it might be a lot cheaper to purchase a dedicated dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] than it will be to purchase a power converter. Also, a travel hair dryer can be significantly lighter than a power converter making a travel hair dryer more suited for packing in luggage.

How to use a hair dryer in The Philippines using a type B power adapter

How to use your hair dryer in The Philippines by using a Type B travel adapter.

  1. Check that your blow dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or is compatible with a 220 volt power supply but if not then don't continue as you could blow a fuse, damage your hair dryer or create an electrical fire hazard. Before using a dual voltage travel hair dryer which can toggle between different voltages ensure the switch is set to accept 220 volts, refer to the user guide to find out where the switch is found.
  2. If the plug on your hair dryer isn't the same shape as the outlet which is used in The Philippines you'll need to use a Type B plug adapter [4]. The power adapter will fit different plugs from other countries into an electrical outlet in The Philippines by changing the shape of the plug, however the adapter doesn't change the voltage of your hair dryer to work with a 220 volt supply.
  3. Begin by taking the Type B plug adapter and plugging it into the Filipino power outlet. This wall supply (sometimes called a Type B power outlet [3]) can be recognised by the two thin slots next to each other for live and neutral blades with a single hole below for the long earthed pin. Note power cables with type B sockets which are rated at less that 240 V shouldn't be used in The Philippines so please check first.
  4. Next plug in your hair dryer into the Type B plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Filipino power outlet. Your hair dryer can now be powered on.
How to use a hair dryer in The Philippines using a type B power adapter

How to use a hair dryer in The Philippines using a type C power adapter

Instructions showing how to power a hair dryer in The Philippines with a two pinned Type C power charger.

  1. Make sure that the blow dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or works with a 220 volt power outlet but if it doesn't then do not continue because you may damage your hair dryer, blow a fuse or create an electrical fire hazard. Before using a travel hair dryer which can toggle between different voltages make sure you have set it to accept 220 volts to use in The Philippines; consult the owners manual for more information on where this switch is located.
  2. You will need to bring a Type C plug adapter [6] if the type of plug used on your hair dryer isn't the same type of power outlet which is used in The Philippines. This Type C plug adapter is designed to adapt different plugs on appliances from other countries for use with an electrical outlet used in The Philippines simply by changing the shape of the plug, however it doesn't change the frequency or voltage of the hair dryer to work with a 220 volt supply.
  3. Start the process by plugging the Type C plug adapter in the wall outlet. You can recognise the plug outlet by 2 round adjacent holes.
  4. Then plug in the hair dryer into the Type C plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Filipino power outlet.
  6. Your hair dryer can now be used in The Philippines.
How to use a hair dryer in The Philippines using a type C power adapter

How to use a hair dryer in The Philippines using a type A power adapter

A step-by-step guide showing how to power your hair dryer in The Philippines with a Type A power charger.

  1. Check that your blow dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or is compatible with a 220 volt power supply but if not then do not continue as you might damage your hair dryer, blow a fuse or create an electrical fire hazard. Before using a dual voltage travel hair dryer which can toggle between different voltages ensure the switch is set to accept 220 volts, refer to the user guide to find out where the switch is located.
  2. Please check that you're not already using a hair dryer with a Type A plug - if it does then you won't need a power adapter (but still check that your hair dryer can work with a 220 volt power supply). So, if the plug on your hair dryer isn't the same shape as the outlet used in The Philippines you'll need to use a Type A plug adapter [8]. The plug adapter will convert different plugs from other countries for an electrical outlet in The Philippines by changing the shape of the plug, but the adapter doesn't change the voltage of your hair dryer to work with a 220 volt supply.
  3. Begin by taking the Type A plug adapter and inserting it into the Filipino power outlet. You can recognise the power supply by two thin slots parallel to each other. Please note that power cords with type A outlets which are rated at 125 V should not be used so please check prior to proceeding.
  4. Then plug in the hair dryer into the Type A plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Filipino power outlet.
  6. The hair dryer can now be used in The Philippines.
How to use a hair dryer in The Philippines using a type A power adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philippines - The Philippines Wikipedia page
  2. https://www.amazon.com/Hot-Tools-Professional-Ht1044-Folding/dp/B003A1DWRO/ref=as_li_ss_tl?s=beauty&ie=UTF8&qid=1506767312&sr=1-1&keywords=Hot+Tools+Professional+Ht1044+Ionic+1875+Watt+Travel+Dryer+with+Folding+Handle+and+Dual+Votage&linkCode=ll1&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=e4d6cd8511a014951b16d43f9ec3a809 - dual voltage travel hair dryer
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeB.htm - Type B power outlet
  4. Type B plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type B power outlets without converting voltage
  5. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  6. Type C plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type C power outlets without converting voltage
  7. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeA.htm - Type A power outlet
  8. Type A plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type A power outlets without converting voltage
  9. Power converter - A step up step down power converter converts 110-120 volts up to 220-240 volts and 220-240 volts down to 110-120 Volts
  10. X5 Superlite 1600W Dual Voltage Ceramic Ionic Travel Dryer - 1600 watt travel blow dryer with a 1.65 metre power cable, tourmaline diffuser and concentrator.
  11. BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium Travel Dryer - 10.5 ounce dual voltage travel blow dryer small enough to carry in a purse including concentrator
  12. Conair MiniPRO Folding Handle Tourmaline Ceramic Styler - Budget mini ionic hair dryer with 1200 watt 2 speed motor and bundled concentrator attachment.
  13. Berta 1875W Folding Hair Dryer Dual Voltage Blow dryer Negative Ions Travel Dryer - Ceramic tourmaline hair dryer with cool shot, two heat settings, 1.8m power cord and bundled concentrator
  14. Conair 1875 Watt Compact Folding Handle Hair Dryer with Dual Voltage - Budget 1875 watt 2 speed travel hair dryer, ALCI safety plug, removable filter and cool shot.
  15. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  16. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/list_bylocation.htm - IEC World Plugs by location
  17. Hard case for travel hair dryer - Hard case designed for storing and protecting a hair dryer safely during travel in luggage.
  18. https://apps.tsa.dhs.gov/mytsa/cib_results.aspx?search=hair%20dryer - TSA guidelines for hair dryers
  19. https://www.amazon.com/Ceptics-GP-12PK-International-Worldwide-Universal/dp/B01DJEBLQU/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=CFDDSXZJ59CH648AVQ0H&linkCode=ll1&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=b865b6ca5e535d710bf1e1b3a790f622 - power adapter